[2021-22] Lead Teacher Fellowship

Position Details

  • Job Title: [2021-22] Lead Teacher Fellowship
  • Department: Elementary School, Middle School
  • Job Category: Instruction

The Opportunity

The Lead Teacher Fellowship is an opportunity to study in a small cohort with master practitioners at the Progressive Education Institute (PEI) while teaching at Harlem Village Academies (HVA), a network of charter schools in Harlem committed to progressive education.

PEI’s methodical coursework and mentoring are grounded in constant real-world practice and in a rich engagement with a variety of pedagogical approaches.  We understand that becoming a great teacher requires more than just copying someone else’s playbook of teacher moves; you need to think for yourself, trying and reflecting and revising, building the same independence and critical intelligence that you hope to cultivate in your own students.

The Fellowship is a salaried, full-time Elementary School or Middle School teaching position culminating in a Master of Science in Teaching (MST) with New York State Initial Certification in the intended subject. 


What Makes Us Different?

PEI is unique in the field of teacher preparation, with expertise in progressive education in an urban setting. The program features:

  1. Teachers as Intellectuals. At PEI, we believe that becoming a great teacher is not about acquiring a set of techniques to be copied and repeated. It is about developing a deep understanding of learning theory, content knowledge, and pedagogical methods that can be applied in any instructional situation. You will observe, practice, reflect, revise, and learn to become a sophisticated educator, capable of making nuanced instructional decisions rather than following someone else’s script.
  2. Exquisite Progressive Instruction. We have pioneered an ambitious educational model that cultivates quality student thinking and ethical leadership.  You will learn how to spark students’ intellectual curiosity, foster authentic engagement, and facilitate cognitively demanding instruction. 

  3. Student Independence Not Compliance. For over a decade, we have developed expertise in how to create a classroom culture that fosters respectful student independence rather than compliance. You will learn how to create a joyful, orderly, warm learning environment.

  4. Remarkable Faculty. PEI professors include some of the most renowned, educators in the country. Our faculty includes experienced progressive educators who regularly demonstrate the instructional practices they teach.

  5. Highly Selective. Admission to PEI is highly competitive and each cohort is comprised of the best and brightest. You will be part of a close knit community and build lifelong friendships and professional relationships.

  6. Immersion in Effective Progressive Classrooms. You will have the opportunity to observe and learn within consistently effective classrooms where progressive pedagogical philosophy is put into practice. Teaching at this level is much harder than it sounds and requires intensive work  and commitment to a challenging learning experience.

  7. Study Where You Teach: A Glorious Campus. PEI is located within a vibrant learning community of aspiring young teachers, experienced master teachers, graduate faculty, and children from Kindergarten through high school. Instead of commuting to an unrelated school, you will observe and teach in classrooms at Harlem Village Academies, in walking distance of the PEI.



  • Teach an engaging, rigorous curriculum, aligned with high standards and progressive theory
  • Invest in weekly professional learning led by master educators at PEI, including adapting theory to practice, instructional coaching, lesson study, and co-planning
  • Inspire students to hold themselves to high standards both for character and for academic performance
  • Maintain classroom routines to ensure a focused, safe, and caring environment
  • Analyze assessment data to inform and differentiate instruction
  • Collaborate with colleagues to share best practices and ensure student mastery
  • Build close relationships with families, including through calls and conferences



  • BA (GPA: 3.0 or higher)
  • 1-2 years of teaching experience, preferably in grades K-8 
  • Commitment to progressive pedagogy, including dedication to developing teaching craft and a strong sense of personal accountability for student achievement


Additional Requirements

Acceptance into the program is contingent on the fulfillment of all the below requirements.  

By Friday, May 28, 2021  

By Friday, May 28, 2021


Save the Dates (Subject to Change)

  • PEI Institute: All day during the week of July 12, 2021 with evening classes through August 20, 2021
  • HVA Institute: July 19, 2021 – August 13, 2021


Harlem Village Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity among our staff. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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